The Edible Schoolyard at Hunters Point, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco
The Edible Schoolyard at Hunters Point, established in 2008, is an organic teaching garden and kitchen program at The Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club in San Francisco. It is the first afterschool program in the country to become a founding affiliate of The Edible Schoolyard Project, which was started in Berkeley by Alice Waters. For just $10 a year, cooking and gardening classes are offered to three age groups each week: elementary, middle school, and high school youth. Members from our other eight Clubhouses as well as students from local schools are also exposed to the 2,000 square foot garden during field trips and get to experience delicious cooking classes taught by a professional chef. Signature programs include a vocational pizza oven program and a seasonal farm stand. There are also community food demonstrations and bi-monthly garden work days for parents and family members. The main objective of this program is to involve Club members and their families in all aspects of tending the garden – along with preparing, serving and eating the food – as a way to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables and develop lifelong healthy eating habits. Our goal is to be the healthiest place for youth in San Francisco!